Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:41 am
It alters birdsong and can make it difficult for some predators to hunt, and now it seems that man-made noise also affects plants.
A US team found that industrial noise disrupted the behaviour of animals that pollinate plants and disperse seeds.
This, they suggest, could be slowly transforming our landscape, especially by changing the dispersal of slow-growing trees.
The study is published in the Royal Society Proceedings B.
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well, look at the "red forest" right next to that chernobyl reactor 4. What happened there was not the noise, but worse. I think, that forest is happily regrowing. The trees there have not started speaking [echoes of Dante], at least not yet.NicknamedBob wrote:So then the primary question becomes:
If a noise falls on a forest, and there is no tree around to take note of it, has it really had an effect?
As you increase the scale of noise from butterfly farts to a full Tunguska event, it is inarguable that a certain level of noise will have at least some influence.
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GSlob wrote:Judging by the number of squirrels, chipmunks, seed-eating small birds and bees who are not afraid of humans but thrive in heavily populated environments with corresponding noises, I would judge this article to be a greenpissing crap. I once had hornets organizing their nest in my wall air conditioner [a noisy environment if any].